(Closed) How/when could we briefly sneak away during our reception? Did you do it?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is it OK to sneak away for some pictures & a dress change during the reception? If so, for how long?
    No, you can't leave your guests even for a minute! : (1 votes)
    3 %
    You can only leave for like a minute to pee really quickly, but hurry back! : (3 votes)
    8 %
    You can leave to take pics or change your dress but only for 10 min. : (9 votes)
    24 %
    You can leave to take pics or change your dress for 20 min. : (23 votes)
    62 %
    Other - please explain below! : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Just go take the pictures when people are dancing. After all of the activities you’ll be fine.

    Post # 4
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @LilDrAnya:  I think it’s fine to sneak away for 20 minutes, but it may be near impossible to leave the reception once you enter.  We took about 20 minutes to ourselves after we exited the ceremony and before we entered the reception during cocktail hour to eat, drink, and bustle my dress.  Once we entered the reception, we didn’t have a moment to spare.

    Can you share your timeline with us?

    Post # 6
    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    After we do all the first dances, we are having a buffet dinner.  Towards the end of that, I plan to sneek away and have my hair put up.  Nothing fancy, probably a nice high bun type updo.  I want to wear it half-up/half-down during the ceremony/pictures/dances, but the heat and humidity here will cause my hair to end up a sticky stringy mess.  We’ll probably also end up sneaking away for a few quick night time pics with our photographer too!!

    It’s your wedding, sneek off if you want to!! 

    Post # 7
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Historic Rosemont Manor

    My future MIL is a photographer & I help her with weddings all the time – it’s not unusual for the bride and groom to take an hour in between the ceremony & the reception to take pictures. Don’t skip the pictures – they are one of the most important parts of the evening and you will have them for the rest of your life! I would try to take at least 30 minutes either before you eat or directly after when your guests are eating to get pics taken.

    Post # 8
    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Our reception is from 5:30 to 10:00, and I’m hoping to get all of the ‘events’ out of the way fairly early, and then sneak away with my FI and photographer for some golden hour shots. In my area in July, it should be around 8pm which shouldn’t be a problem, but I still need to run it by our photographer. I’m hoping that by that time the guests will be too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to notice that we’re missing for 20 or 30 minutes. And even if they do, I’m sure they’ll live haha. 

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